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They make the games we love, but what do they play for fun? We ask de­vel­op­ers to pick their faves from Xbox his­tory. This month:

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Alan Wake [1] on Xbox 360 was one of the first games to prove the power of videogames as a medium for com­pelling and dra­matic story to me. I re­mem­ber buy­ing the novel for my grand­mother, as she’s re­ally into read­ing thrillers and horrors, but has never played a videogame. She loved the story as much as I did! IDARB [2] is one of cra­zi­est sport ti­tles I’ve played—wacky char­ac­ters as well as solid game­play and con­trols. The song cre­ation fea­ture is a fa­vorite of mine: Me and my friend had loads of fun beat­ing teams on­line, which forced them to lis­ten to the ridicu­lous song we made. One of my all-time fa­vorites is Gears Of War [3]. We spent four hours just on wave 50 due to mul­ti­ple fail­ures. We com­pletely sur­prised our­selves with the depth of strat­egy we came up with! De­spite grow­ing up along­side mul­ti­ple Tekken in­stal­ments, Tekken 6 [4] was the first one I sank a ton of hours into. Thanks to all that time spent, the re­lease of Tekken 7 has al­lowed me to re­con­nect with old friends—as well as new ones, mostly thanks to the or­ga­niz­ers of great FGC (fight­ing game com­mu­nity) clubs like East Lon­don Fighters. How­ever, the crown for my fond­est Xbox ex­pe­ri­ence has to go to the orig­i­nal Left 4 Dead [5] on Xbox 360. It had an amaz­ing at­mos­phere, and the ver­sus pro­moted a fan­tas­ti­cally pure strat­egy. I found the best teams were the ones who didn’t need to talk at all—the UI did a fan­tas­tic job at sign­post­ing im­por­tant mo­ments, even in high-pres­sure sit­u­a­tions!

Sa­muel Bray­ley De­signer and QA Lead, Roll7 Sa­muel has worked on the Ol­liOlli games, as well as Not A Hero and Laser League as part of Roll7. He’s a self-pro­claimed Xbox en­thu­si­ast who ex­pe­ri­enced most of his best modern gam­ing mo­ments in front of an Xbox One or 360.

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